University Chapel Schedule

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A community gathering place for worship and forum, chapel reflects an Anabaptist/Mennonite perspective alongside the gifts, traditions and cultures of the broader Christian faith. Faith, hope and love are nurtured in the way of Jesus.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Opening Convocation: Dreams and Visions – President Loren Swartzendruber (begins 9:50 a.m.)

President Loren Swartzendruber addresses the campus community with a reflection inspired by Acts 2:12-18. There will also be a sending for the China Cross-Cultural seminar group as well as the Shenandoah Welcome for new students, faculty and staff toward the end of the service. This service begins at 9:50 a.m. and concludes at 10:30 a.m. Second period classes will release early enough so all students and faculty are available to participate.

Friday, Sept. 4

Summer Cross-Cultural Chapel: Mexico and New Zealand

Hear reflections from students who engaged in cross-cultural learning in Mexico and New Zealand this past summer. Read blog entries and see photos here.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Chapel Worship: Who do you say that I am? – Pastoral Assistants

Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” This compelling and relevant question is the theme for university chapel and campus ministries this year. Our pastoral assistants (PAs) invite us to engage this question with them.

Friday, Sept. 11

Summer Cross-Cultural Chapel: Costa Rica and Local Context

Hear reflections from students who engaged in cross-cultural learning in Costa Rica and the local context (Virginia and Washington D.C.) this past summer. Read blog entries and see photos here.


University chapel is held Wednesday (worship) and Fridays (forum) at 10 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium. All offices and departments, other than essential services, are to close in order to allow the community to attend and support chapel.

All undergraduate students, faculty and staff of the university are expected to attend at least one chapel each week. (Chapel Attendance Policy, p. 48/49 of the Student Handbook and Faculty/Staff handbook section 7.1, p. 166)

In addition to University Chapel, Chapel Gatherings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., Celebration: Praise Worship is held weekly at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights and Hymn Sings are at 9 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. All three services are held in Martin Chapel (Seminary building). You can also join the Gospel Choir or Alpha Omega Dancers for Christ for worship opportunities advised from Multicultural and International Student Services (MISS).

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